Hockey last night sucked. I went 3-7 for a loss of 4.32 units and two of those losses came in overtime that swung the whole slate (again). Tonight’s five game NHL slate kind of sucks.
Jets vs. Blackhawks (8:00)
After their 0-7-2 start, the Blackhawks haven’t looked too bad in their last two games. They got their first win of the season on Monday 5-1 over the Senators and then kept it close against Carolina, losing 4-3. They’re still not great offensively, averaging a fourth worst in the NHL 2.27 goals per game and Fleury’s been getting better in net recently but the Hawks are still allowing a second worst (only better than Arizona) 3.82 goals per game. The 5-2-2 Winnipeg Jets have a pretty good offense, averaging 3.11 goals per game (10th in the NHL). Their defense blows though, allowing 3 goals per game. They still are without Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie is confirmed in goal tonight. He hasn’t been terrible in his two starts this year with a 2-0 record, 2.4 GAA and .915 save percentage…but he’s not a good goaltender. I’d slightly lean Winnipeg here at home but I don’t think its worth betting. I do like the over here and expect both teams to score. I’ll take that for a unit.
Oilers vs. Rangers (9:30)
Both of these teams have had great starts to the season and they’ve been doing it in totally different ways. Draisaitl and McDavid lead the league in points so far this season and both only trail Ovi in goals at the top of the league. This 8-1 Oilers offense is the best in the NHL, averaging 4.22 goals per game and they have the best (and scary) power play in the NHL, scoring on 46.4% of those opportunities.They score a ton of goals and overpower their opponents on the score board. They’re not bad defensively either, seventh in the league allowing an average of 2.56 goals per game. The 6-2-2 Rangers are winning games entirely differently. They shut down teams defensively and have great goaltending from Igor Shesterkin and as a team they’re tied for third in the league with the least goals allowed per game at 2.2. Their offense is lacking a bit though, and they’ve only been able to muster up an average of 2.4 goals per game (tied for 4th last in the NHL). Tonight Georgiev is confirmed in goal for the Rags instead of Shesterkin and he hasn’t been great this year. He’s 1-1 on the year, with a pretty high 3.51 GAA and .873 save percentage. With that, I like the Oiler to win this game and I’ll take them for half a unit.
Canucks vs. Predators (10:00)
Interesting game here. Neither of these teams are great and both will likely end the season around .500. Vancouver’s 4-5-1, averaging just 2.4 goals per game but allowing a pretty low 2.6 goals per game. Nashville’s 5-5 and slightly better offensively but not great, scoring just 2.7 goals. They have one of the best goaltenders in hockey in Juuse Saros but not a great defense in front of him and they’re allowing an average of 2.9 goals per game. I’d slightly lean the Preds on the road here with Saros winning it for them with a good performance between the pipes, but I have no interest in betting this game. If anything, I’d lean the under.
Ducks vs. Coyotes (10:00)
What a dog shit game this is. These are two of the shittiest teams in hockey. Arizona’s dead last in the NHL on both ends of the ice. They haven’t won a game yet through ten games (0-9-1), they’re scoring a pathetic 1.3 goals per game while allowing a huge 4.1 goals per game (only team in hockey allowing over 4 goals per game). The Ducks (4-4-3) have been decent offensively scoring 3.18 goals per game, but allowing 3.09. Not a great game here and I’d lean the Ducks win it at home but the Yotes are gonna win a game eventually and this might be a spot that would happen. I’ll skip this game entirely. I’d lean the over with terrible goaltending for both teams.
Kings vs. Devils (10:30)
Neither of these teams have been stellar this season, showing some good signs. The Kings (4-5-1) are coming into this game with three straight wins over the Blues (in a shootout), the Sabres and the Habs. They’ve been pretty lousy offensively, only scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game but they’ve been decent defensively, tied for ninth best in the NHL, allowing an average of 2.6 goals per game. The 4-3-1 Devils are definitely improved from last season, but haven’t done much to impress. They’re scoring just 2.63 goals per game but allowing 3. This should be a fun game and I don’t really have much of a lean in either direction.
1u Jets/Blackhawks over 6 (-120)
.5u Oilers ML (-165)
Record (Regular Season): 63-65-1 (-7.36 units)